Posts Tagged ‘Cubs’

New Cub Is A Remarkable Traveller

Aug 30, 2016 | Categories: Lions | Leave A Comment »

Napirai with her new cub covered great distances; more than we have ever seen a cub travel.

We are pleased to introduce our newest lion who was born early this year to Napirai.

“This little cub is a young traveller and survivor," said Jeneria, our Field Operations and Community Manager. “The cub moves more than any cub we have ever seen.”

Our team tracked Napirai and her cub for over 15 km (9 mi) a few weeks ago – a long journey for a cub we estimate to be three-months-old.

Mother and cub walked all night, through villages and livestock areas, and settled in thick bush in the early morning. Although mothers usually hide their cubs in bushes to go hunting, Napirai does not leave her cub alone. She is constantly on the move with the young one close in tow.

Napirai’s cub will be named at the next Lion Watch ...

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New Cubs Born in Our Area

Jun 29, 2016 | Categories: Lions | Leave A Comment »

The new cubs in Samburu!

We are extremely excited to announce the birth of three lion cubs in our study area. Jeneria discovered them this month and has been monitoring them closely to ensure they are not disturbed by livestock or people.

"Because of the excitement," he said, "I almost threw my camera. I was shaking all over and it took me so long to take the first photo."

The birth of each cub within our area is cause for celebration. The lion population in Samburu is a key link between lions to the south and those further north. We will be keeping a close eye on these little cubs and can't wait to see what lies ahead.


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New Cubs Born and Naramat’s Cubs Revealed

Jan 27, 2016 | Categories: Lions | 2 Comments

The cubs are about 9 months old.

Nine months ago, Naramat gave birth to cubs far out in the community area west of Samburu National Reserve. All this time, the lions hid in the hills and swamps of Westgate Community Conservancy. Our warriors and Lion Scouts monitored Naramat and her cubs, keeping a close eye on them to ensure their safety by communicating their whereabouts with herders, keeping livestock at a safe distance, and talking to communities about their importance to the area.

Our team only ever laying eyes on their tracks. Until now.

Just a few days ago, we saw their tracks in the Conservation Area near our Camp. We found them along the Ewaso Nyiro River. The cubs had never seen a car before and were very curious, if a little hesitant.

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Nanai’s New Cubs Are Healthy and Playful – Photos

Nov 6, 2013 | Categories: Lions | 3 Comments

Nanai and cubs

We were treated to a great sighting of Nanai and her new cubs in Samburu National Reserve (SNR). Nanai, a nearly 4-year-old lioness, gave birth to the lion cubs in early September.

On November 3rd we saw Nanai on top of a rocky hill in SNR. We drove close and she kept calling and calling. Then, two little cubs appeared, including this brave male.

The 8-week-old cubs are healthy and playful. Nanai is also in good condition and appears to be hunting successfully to feed her little ones.

Our Lion Watch guides and the SNR rangers did a great job keeping an eye on the cubs while we were out of the field.

She continued to call – we were wondering why... And then suddenly Nabulo (Nanai’s cousin) turned up.

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New Lion Cubs!

Sep 25, 2013 | Categories: Lions | 1 Comment

A photo of a very pregnant Nanai from a few weeks before giving birth to 3 cubs.

Finally some good news...

Nanai has given birth to three little lion cubs. The cubs are just over a week old -- we will post photos as soon as we can safely take some [UPDATE: Click here for photos]. She has given birth in bushes that are close to the main road running through Samburu National Reserve, so we've requested the rangers to help keep an eye on things and make sure tourist vehicles don't get too close.

This is Nanai's first time to have cubs. Nanai belongs to the Koitogor Pride and is the daughter of Nashipai.

It was Jelly, one of the Lion Watch Guides, who had the first sighting of the cubs and share the news with us.

UPDATE: Click here to see photos of the 8-week-old cubs.


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